• WNJ’s Outreach Efforts

mock-trial-logo.jpgThe Society of American Law Schools reports that from 1992 to 2005, the percentage of African American students in law school declined by 8.6%.

This has occurred at a time when law firms have increasingly been looking to increase their diversity.  One way that firms have begun to address this is through outreach activities designed to encourage African Americans and other disadvantaged minorities to consider a career in law. 

At Warner Norcross we participate in a number of outreach activities. 

  • Since 2000, our Minority Scholarship program has offered an annual scholarship to minority students pursuing a degree in law, paralegal studies and legal secretarial studies. 
  • This year, we have introduced a new scholarship program for minority college students in their junior year.  This scholarship will pay the cost of taking an LSAT preparation course, which typically runs about $1,500.

Information about both of these scholarship programs is available on our website by clicking here.  If you know of someone who may qualify for these programs, or who may have a son or daughter who would qualify, I hope you will share this information.

Our outreach efforts extend beyond law school and college into the secondary schools.  There are two events coming up that we are pleased to be involved with.   

The firm is a sponsor of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association Martin Luther King Oral Advocacy Competition for high school students in Wayne and Oakland County.  The finals will be held in the Oakland County Courthouse on March 1.  Jeena Shah will be representing the firm.  For those of you who are unaware of the Straker Bar Association, it is a special purpose bar association recognized by the State Bar of Michigan.  The mission of the Straker Bar Association is to promote legal practice opportunities for minorities and women and to facilitate equal justice for all citizens in Oakland County.

For a second year in a row, the firm has been coaching the Grand Rapids Central High School mock trial team as it prepares for the Michigan Mock Trial Tournament on Saturday March 1.  Yvette Bradley, Madelaine Lane, Scott Carvo, and others have been coaching the team.  I am sure they would appreciate it if you would attend one of the trials to show our.  The trials take place at the Kent County Courthouse.  The students conduct two trials.  The first begins at 8:30 a.m.  The second begins at 11:10 a.m.  (They have a bye in the final round, which begins at 2:15 p.m.)  The awards ceremony begins at 4:45 p.m.